Welcome Children, Youth, and Families!

We’re so glad you’re joining us on this exploration of faith and community. We have weekly programming and opportunities for children, youth and families. For our Sunday schedule, please reach out to re.assistant@uuclb.org for more information and to get on the list for our weekly newsletter updates.

To Register, Download the form below and email to RE_registration@uuclb.org.  For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities please contact Reverend Lissa Gundlach and Kathy Adams at RE_registration@uuclb.org

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Our program goal focuses on welcoming, bonding and creating a supportive church environment in the spirit of our UUCLB Religious Education Committee Mission Statement:

*Inspire & nurture all children, youth, and families of our community in the search for personal truths,
*Empower their actions and beliefs and
*Foster respect for themselves and others as well as the world around them, through religious learning, spiritual practices, and growth.
Spring-Summer 2024 Calendar 

12 pm ANNUAL MEETING (Childcare Provided)

May 19 ALL CHURCH GOES TO THE PRIDE PARADE!!!

May 26 NO RE, MEMORIAL DAY

June 2 Religious Education Sunday, Pizza Party and Ice Cream Social 

June 9-Summer Sessions Begin- Tie Dye!

Religious Education Assistant- Nneka Ahmad

Nneka Ahmad helps support the Religious Education program, including helping you and your family get connected with our program. Please contact her at re.assistant@uuclb.org with any questions or concerns.

Rainbow Room: Infants-TK

During the Sunday service, infants through age 4 are invited to the Rainbow Room, a play-based space supported by dedicated nursery caregivers. Welcome to our Nursery Caregiver Kristen Gomez!

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UUCLB seeks a caring, organized, and progressive leader to help our congregation build and direct our year-round programming for children, youth and families. Come grow with us! This is a 20-hr a week part-time position, with some onsite hours required.

Please apply online at https://uuclb.bamboohr.com/careers/28.

Education and Skills:

  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for teaching and learning
  • An affinity for working with children and youth of all ages and their parents/ guardians/ caregivers
  • a commitment to supporting Unitarian Universalism as a progressive spiritual community
  • At least two years of related experience such as a teacher, youth leader, volunteer organizer, or social justice worker
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree preferably in a related field (such as education, social work, religious studies) or equivalent. Teacher credentialing, seminary, or applicable educational experience is a plus.
  • High degree of organization
  • Excellent technology skills for program administration and communication (Google drive, Canva, Constant Contact, online database and social media)
  • Ability to create a learning environment inclusive of neurodivergence, disabilities, and other special needs.
  • Knowledge of congregational life and dynamics
  • Ability to use multiple platforms for learning and growth (online, in-person)
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Willingness to grow as a member of a diverse staff and volunteer team

Please feel free to reach out to revlissa@uuclb.org with any questions or for more information about the position, program or community. We welcome your inquiries and look forward to getting to know you!

We, the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, affirm our mission: “To create a welcoming and diverse community rooted in love, trust and freedom. To lead by creating a multi-cultural, anti-racist, anti-oppressive congregation and denomination.” People with disabilities, people of color, indigenous people, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. UUCLB is committed to developing a diverse and inclusive staff team.

 

Religious Education Consultant April Rosario is Director of Early Youth Resources at Soul Matters. She is available to help support our Religious Education program this fall as we reflect on our past, ask for the help we need, and explore the program’s future. April, a UU for the past 8 years, is a Credentialed Religious Educator who serves First Parish Church in Taunton, MA, as their Director of Lifespan Faith Formation and Family Ministry. She also created a shared virtual RE program in response to COVID-19 between multiple churches, and will again be serving as this year’s Young People’s Program Director for two UU conferences on Star Island. She develops our Soul Matters middle school and coming-of-age programs. Please email Rev. Lissa for a direct connection with April.

Farewell to Naomi Yoshida, Director of Religious Education

The Congregation offers enormous gratitude to Naomi Yoshida for her sixteen years in service to the families of UUCLB. During this time, our congregation has been inspired and enriched by Naomi’s creativity, dedication, and kindness in countless ways. In 2007, Naomi began serving as Religious Education Assistant, then transitioned to Acting Director of Religious Education in 2018. During the transition from Rev. Rick’s Interim ministry to Rev. Lissa’s Settled ministry in 2020, Naomi took on the role of permanent Director of Religious Education and is in her sixth year.

Throughout the pandemic, Naomi worked tirelessly to provide remote programming for families and to continue connections virtually and via weekly mailings. As we emerged from the pandemic, Naomi worked with teachers, staff and volunteers to keep programming for children and youth safe and inclusive.  In a new chapter of Religious Education, Naomi has helped the program grow to reach new levels of interest and energy.

We acknowledge not only the enormous contributions of Naomi but also her family members Leslie Koons and Kai Yoshida. Together, Naomi, Leslie, and Kai have shaped the Religious Education program at UUCLB into what it is today. Leslie dedicated countless hours as OWL Coordinator and Facilitator, and Kai, as RE Assistant, created three summers of original curriculum during Chalice sUUmmer.

At our gatherings on Saturday, September 23rd and September 24th, we were grateful to celebrate Naomi’s accomplishments and offer her and her family gratitude.

Soul Matters Curriculum: The Gifts of Our Faith

K-3 Meets in Chalice Rooms

This year’s overarching frame is The Gifts of Our Faith. The Soul Matters program focuses on ten beloved UU values and explores their potential to shape us and, in turn, shape the world. This year we are going to be exploring all the different gifts our faith gives us and all the gifts being UU helps us give others. Each week offers meaningful, values based sessions filled with stories, experience-based learning activities, mindfulness practices, games, crafts, skits, creative practices, and more.

September: Welcome October:  Heritage November:  Generosity December:  Mystery January:  Liberating Love February: Justice & Equity
March:  Transformation April: Interdependence May:  Pluralism June:  Renewal

Youth Group

Grades 4-12 meet in the Lounge

Youth-group style, UU values-centered activities and projects based on the creative interests of our group members. The group focuses on bonding, fun, fellowship and community building.

Faith in Action

On second Sundays at 10 am (with a few exceptions!) K-12 children and youth participate in a social-justice centered project, such as assembling hygiene kits or snack sacks for our unhoused neighbors.

OWL – Our Whole Lives – Sexuality Education

The Religious Education Committee (RE Committee)

The RE Committee meets monthly to help plan the weekly program curriculum, holidays, and special celebrations. Please email recommittee@uuclb.org to share ideas, questions, or concerns about the program.